When it comes to orthopaedic conditions, the ability to see what’s going on inside your body is paramount. At Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd., our team is equipped with the latest advanced imaging equipment, at their locations in West Reading and Exeter, Pennsylvania, to provide you with accurate diagnoses and treatment. To learn more about the imaging services at Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd., call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
While the answer to this question may seem obvious — to diagnose an injury to your body or a disease that affects your musculoskeletal system — imaging services go far beyond simply locating a bone fracture or arthritis in your joints.
With advanced imaging, our team is able to confirm or rule out a host of possible diagnoses in order to ensure that you get the right treatment. Imaging is tricky and isn’t as good as laying eyes on the area in question, which would entail the doctor going in surgically. To avoid unnecessary surgery, our staff is highly trained in reading imaging that paints a picture of the structures below your skin.
The West Reading and Exeter locations of Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd. are equipped with:
X-ray technology is the workhorse of orthopaedics because of its ability to quickly provide a snapshot of the bones and tissue in any given area. X-rays rely on electromagnetic waves to provide a black-and-white image of the inside of your body.
The calcium in your body absorbs the most radiation, which is why it shows up as white on an X-ray. The less calcium you have, the darker the image becomes. When there’s only air, the image is black since the radiation isn’t absorbed by anything.
Imaging isn’t just for diagnoses, as it plays a large role in some treatments. For example, our staff relies on X-ray technology for fluoroscope-guided hip injections. Think of fluoroscopy as a moving X-ray, rather than a static picture. If your surgeon needs to target a very small area inside your body, this imaging allows our physician to precisely and accurately administer an injection with a real-time X-ray video.
If you’d like to learn more about the state-of-the-art imaging services at Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd., call or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.